The wine is characterized by very low acidity amply compensated by complex tannins of a surprising richness. The comparison of organoleptic qualities between our Clos Saint-Jacques and our Cazetiers shows in every vintage a very clear difference between the wines: le Cazetiers being more accessible in youth on the aromatic level and by the unique silkiness of the tannins as opposed to the Clos Saint-Jacques which is more reserved in the first years.
The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers flows onto the palate with layers of radiant, generous fruit. This shows plenty of juiciness all the way through to the textured, multi-dimensional finish. The wine’s roundness suggests the Cazetiers may be accessible relatively early. Sweet, ripe tannins round out the inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
This is a beautiful set of wines from Bruno Clair. Every wine I tasted with Clair’s longtime oenologist Philippe Brun was gorgeous from top to bottom. While the top 2009s are certainly superb, the real jewels here are the village level wines which appear to be among the great success stories of the 2009 vintage. I tasted all of the wines from barrel, except the Marsannay and Marsannay Les Vaudanelles, both of which were bottled before the 2010 harvest. In 2009 Clair began harvesting on September 15 and ended on the 23rd. I also tasted a handful of 2008s, from a much later harvest that stretched into October. The handful of wines I tasted from that vintage are equally impressive, and equally worth your time.
An earthy and mildly sauvage nose showcases a very ripe liqueur of cassis and black cherry aromatic profile that gives way to textured and densely concentrated medium weight plus flavors that exude dry extract on the moderately austere, powerful and mineral-driven finish. This should be excellent in time though note that patience is a key requisite. Score: 91-94 Drink: 2021+ Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding
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